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2012-07-24 16.00.52-1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to force automakers to install “black boxes” in new vehicles.

Ostensibly the NHTSA simply wants to collect data that might help improve safety for drivers and passengers and it certainly would also prove most useful in determining what led to accidents and assigning fault, no doubt.

The anecdote in the article linked below does show how it would easily resolve events that happen on the road where there are no witnesses.

Still, there is a major privacy issue here. Also a question of ownership over the data.

One would think the data should belong to the owner of the car, and not, say, the insurance company that covers you.

According to the ABC News story:

“Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts found out the hard way last year.

He crashed a car he was driving and told police that he was wearing a seatbelt and was not speeding at the time of the crash.

However the black box installed in his car revealed he was actually speeding at 75 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone, before accelerating to more than 100 miles per hour.”

Whoops!

Read full coverage on the feds’ “little black box” from ABC News below:

Feds Want ‘Black Boxes’ in New Cars, But Who Will Be Tracking You?

The goal of connected-vehicle technology to alert drivers of potential danger doesn’t seem quite so impossible now.

Eight carmakers have formed the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) to create an industry-wide communications system between various makes of cars.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this innovation could decrease the death rate in about 80 percent of crashes that don’t involve drunk drivers. There are major hurdles left but if successful CAMP will not merely be taking another step forward in the path toward connected vehicles; it will save lives.

The makers of this new connected car technology seem quite convinced that they have literally reinvented the wheel.

“It can see,” Ford Motor Co. intelligent-vehicles expert Farid Ahmed-Zaid told AutoNews.com. “We can’t.”

Ahmed-Zaid works in a facility in Farmington Hills, Mich., where the tech is currently being evaluated.

The technology transmits data on location, brake status, path history and speed ten times a second — and alert drivers to potential threats that the human eye supposedly can’t even see.

Read full coverage on the connected car technology from AutoNews.com below:

Connected Cars See Danger, Warn Others and Stop Crashes